At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we deal with virtually every aspect of hair loss, from the most common to the most obscure. But one concern that we address perhaps more than any other is a general desire for thicker, fuller hair. Many patients who are only in the earliest stages of hair loss find that while they are not necessarily experiencing baldness per se, their hair is far more thin and sparse than they would like. Unfortunately, there is no single, universally effective way to make hair fuller. Rather the treatment has to be carefully tailored to suit the specific form of hair loss involved. Whether your hair appears full or thin depends, in general terms, on two distinct factors: its thickness (how course or how fine each individual hair strand is) and its density (how closely packed the individual hair-producing follicles are on the scalp). Determining which of these factors is causing the problem can often be the first step to finding a solution.
When hair is particularly fine, it can sometimes appear to be thinning even though it still maintains dense coverage over the entire scalp. This can be particularly true when damaging hair care practices, like heat styling or harsh chemical treatments, strip away some of the hair strand’s outer layers, making it more susceptible to the breakage and split ends that can make it appear even thinner. More seriously, the earliest stages of androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as genetic pattern baldness, begin by shrinking the affected hair follicles, causing them to produce gradually thinner and thinner hair until they eventually stop producing hair altogether. The process of thinning hair can often be stopped or, in some cases, even reversed with non-surgical hair restoration treatments, like red light laser therapy, platelet rich plasma injections, or with prescription oral and topical medications. At The Griffin Center, we also advocate the use of protein and vitamin supplements to improve overall hair health.
Treating a Lack of Hair Density
A lack of density in scalp hair is often more difficult to treat than a pervasive lack of thickness, because people are born with only a finite number of hair follicles. If some scalp follicles are lost due to injury or disease, more will not grow to replace them. However, it is possible to move those hair follicles from one place on the scalp to another through the use of hair transplantation surgery. This is particularly useful in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, which affects only the follicles in specific areas of the scalp, such as the temples and crown in men or the area near the central part in women. Follicles that are extracted from the back or sides of the scalp will continue to grow normally, even when they are transplanted to a new location, producing denser coverage than before with the same number of follicles.
The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been respected worldwide as one of the leading centers devoted to the treatment of all forms of hair loss for the last forty years. If you have questions about any of the hair restoration procedures and treatments that may be able to help you, or would like to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed by Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.